This short video is worth watching to the end. it brings a different perspective to the crucifixion of Jesus.
Reaching out at Easter
You may get your group of children or your family to think of ways in which they can reach out ot others with the hope that Easter brings.
Act 1 A story of Creation
Act 2 The Fall - Creation spoiled
Act 3 Israel- God shapes a people
Act 4 The story of Jesus - God sends his Son
Act 5 The story of the Early Church- Good News for all (> US)
Act 6 The story of the End Times - Creation completely restored
A father was reading Bible stories to his young son. He read, "The man named Lot was warned to take his wife and flee out of the city, but his wife looked back and was turned to salt." His son asked, "What happened to the flea?"
In today’s world we seem to be running faster than ever, trying to do it all and have it all, or at least avoiding being run down from behind. According to TIME magazine, we’re smack in the middle of a “time famine” and no one has any idea of when it will end. Who knows? Time may end first. Meanwhile, life seems set on “fast lane “and we don’t dare slow down.
We dash through life, and our daily routines seem to allow little or no time for God in our busy lives. I think actually that God is never left behind. In fact, He is far ahead of us. The only way we may ever catch up is to learn to slow down, live in the moment, and focus on the “one thing” that is truly necessary. That “one thing” is a quietness of our souls which Henri Nouwen calls “moving to the center, where all other things fall into place.”
FEEDING 5000 (John chapter 6)
(Invite children to join in the counting parts of the rhyme)
1, 2 ... two small fish. (Not much of a dish)
PLUS 1, 2, 3, 4, 5... five loaves of bread.
"That's all I have!" The small boy said.
No shops to stop. No place to buy,
Then Jesus prayed, please multiply
Till every mouth had fish and bread.
Amazed that all the crowd was fed.
1000, 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000...
People, sat on a hill
And saw Jesus add up a miracle.
©Don Stott Eliab.com
WHAT MAKES A PERSON A CHRISTIAN?
Not "being good",
Not "going to church"
Not "reading the Bible"?
Sure, any of these people MIGHT be real Christians,
but they're not Christians
BECAUSE of what they do -
they do those things
BECAUSE they're Christians.
Jesus will help you take that step,
if you honestly ask Him (PRAY)
- in fact that is the first step ...
the second step is to start
letting Him help you live His way.
Don Stott- Aussie teacher, pastor and children's worker.